Baku, November 14, Interfax - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia called on the global community to pay attention to the persecution of Christians in Africa in his speech at the opening ceremony of the 2nd Baku Summit of World Religious Leaders on Thursday.
"As head of one of the largest regional Orthodox churches, I have to speak about discrimination some countries, including against Orthodox Christians, who are often persecuted. Irreparable damage has been inflicted on the Christian presence in the Middle East, on the holy land of all Abrahamic religions [...] A whole series of sub-Saharan states is suffering from endless activities of extremist groups. In Nigeria, in particular, there is a real genocide of Christians taking place, and I am calling on all people of good will not to leave the problems of Christians in African countries without attention," the patriarch said.
The 2nd Baku Summit of World Religious Leaders is being held in Baku on November 14-15.
The summit is timed to take place on the 70th anniversary of Chairman of the Caucasus Muslims Office Sheikhulislam Allahshukur Pasha-zade and the 40th anniversary of his work as chairman of the Caucasus Muslims Office. Some 200 leaders of traditional religions from different countries have been invited to the summit.
The summit has been organized by the Caucasus Muslims Office and the state authorities of Azerbaijan.